Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl collapses mid-song at Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert

The Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert kicked off at Wembley Stadium on Saturday night as crowds of fans and musicians gathered to pay tribute to the late drummer at the fundraiser.

Taylor died suddenly in March of this year at the age of 50 in his Columbia hotel room while the Foo Fighters were on the South American leg of their recent world tour.

Frontman David Grohl took the stage to thunderous applause with the rest of the band, taking over the drums that his late bandmate once conducted when Liam Gallagher opened the show.

Tribute: The Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert kicked off at Wembley Stadium on Saturday night as crowds of fans and musicians gathered to pay tribute to the late drummer

Tribute: The Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert kicked off at Wembley Stadium on Saturday night as crowds of fans and musicians gathered to pay tribute to the late drummer

Several musicians took Taylor’s place as drummer for the concert, including David Grohl’s daughter and Taylor’s own son, Oliver Shane, 16, who performed My Hero.

Addressing the crowd, Dave said nobody could make you laugh, dance or sing like Taylor.

He added: “We’re gathered to bring you a gigantic fucking night for a gigantic fucking person. So sing and laugh and dance and f**king scream and f**king make noise so he can hear us now!

“Because you know what, it’s going to be a damn long king’s night!”

Tragic: Taylor died suddenly in March this year in his hotel room in Colombia at the age of 50 while the Foo Fighters were on the South American leg of their recent world tour (pictured in August 2008).

Tragic: Taylor died suddenly in March this year in his hotel room in Colombia at the age of 50 while the Foo Fighters were on the South American leg of their recent world tour (pictured in August 2008).

The musician got emotional at one point, bursting into tears mid-song during Times Like These before bravely pulling himself together.

The six-hour concert featured a roster of stars, from Nirvana to Metallica, Queen, Led Zeppelin, RUSH, AC/DC, Paul McCartney and The Police.

Dave Chappelle performed at the gig to commemorate hosting Saturday Night Live with the Foos as a musical guest in November 2020.

Devotion: Frontman David Grohl took the stage to thunderous applause with the rest of the band, taking over the drums that his late bandmate once conducted when Liam Gallagher opened the show (pictured in February 2022).

Devotion: Frontman David Grohl took the stage to thunderous applause with the rest of the band, taking over the drums that his late bandmate once conducted when Liam Gallagher opened the show (pictured in February 2022).

Friend: Dave addressed the crowd and said no one could make you laugh, dance or sing like Taylor could (pictured performing in February 2022).

Friend: Dave addressed the crowd and said no one could make you laugh, dance or sing like Taylor could (pictured performing in February 2022).

Jason Sudeikis also stopped by to introduce Taylor’s other two bands – Chevy Metal and Coattail Riders.

Speaking over a pre-recorded message, Elton John said: “I want to pay tribute to Taylor Hawkins because he was a great musician. But beyond that, he was a great father and a great husband and a great guy to hang out with.

He added: “He played on my last album which I was so excited and honored to play. So tonight is about remembering him, honoring him and never forgetting him.’

Star-studded: A slew of stars attended the six-hour concert, from Nirvana to Metallica, Queen, Led Zeppelin, RUSH, AC/DC, Paul McCartney and The Police (Dave and Paul pictured at Glastobury 2022)

Star-studded: A slew of stars attended the six-hour concert, from Nirvana to Metallica, Queen, Led Zeppelin, RUSH, AC/DC, Paul McCartney and The Police (Dave and Paul pictured at Glastobury 2022)

Performers: Kesha was also in attendance as she performed a rendition of Children of the Revolution and shared some behind-the-scenes snaps on Instagram

Performers: Kesha was also in attendance as she performed a rendition of Children of the Revolution and shared some behind-the-scenes snaps on Instagram

Liam Gallagher opened the show with Oasis’ Rock and Roll Star, while Kesha also performed a rendition of Children of the Revolution.

And on Instagram, Kesha shared a carousel of snaps from the evening – including one with Taylor’s son Oliver as the boy followed in his dad’s musical footsteps.

The TiK ToK singer also shared backstage pictures with frontman Dave to her 3.2million followers with the caption: “Just a bunch of idiots playing Wembley”.

Friends: The TiK ToK singer smiled for a selfie with frontman Dave as she prepared to face off against Wembley

Friends: The TiK ToK singer smiled for a selfie with frontman Dave as she prepared to face off against Wembley

Sweet: She also put an arm around Taylor's son Oliver — who later played drums on stage

Sweet: She also put an arm around Taylor’s son Oliver — who later played drums on stage

Justin Hawkins of The Darkness followed to sing some of Taylor Hawkins’ songs before Sir Paul McCartney’s Oh! Darling in a duet with Chrissie Hynde from The Pretenders.

Blink-182’s Travis Barker was also in attendance as he joined the band on stage to play drums on their hits The Pretender and Monkey Wrench.

He attended with his wife Kourtney Kardashian as the couple donned matching leather jackets and paid tribute to the late rocker.

Lars Ulrich from Metallica and Martin Chambers from The Pretenders were also on the drummer list

The concert is the first of two planned tribute nights, with the other gig scheduled for later this month in Los Angeles.

Daring: Kesha donned a leather chained cover-up over a black bodysuit for the performance

She captioned:

Daring: Kesha donned a leather chained cover-up over a black bodysuit for the performance

Drummer: Blink-182's Travis Barker was also in attendance when he joined the band onstage to play drums on their hits

Drummer: Blink-182’s Travis Barker was also in attendance when he joined the band onstage to play drums on their hits “The Pretender” and “Monkey Wrench” – along with his wife Kourtney Kardashian

Closing the show, Dave said, “I hope you felt all of the love from all of us and all of the cast because we felt it from you all to Taylor tonight, so thank you all.”

He added, “I want to thank the Hawkins family for being here with us tonight.”

He brought the musicians on stage for a final bow and said goodbye: “Let’s hear it again for Taylor F***ing Hawkins!”

It comes as the frontman also revealed the funeral would be a “celebration” and confided in The Struts’ Luke Spiller – who was close friends with Taylor.

Luke explained to The Sun: “This week we were all at the 606 in London and I took Dave aside and said: ‘Thank you for considering me for involvement. I’m so happy to be able to contribute in any way.”

“He told me, ‘Just remember, this isn’t a damn funeral. It’s a celebration and we’re doing it at Wembley because Taylor deserves Wembley. Taylor deserves nothing but the best for his departure.” And it’s right. I wish we didn’t have to do it. But it will be a moment and a day that people will never forget.”

As a reminder, the six-hour concert featured a slew of stars, from Nirvana to Metallica, Queen, Led Zeppelin, RUSH, AC/DC and The Police

As a reminder, the six-hour concert featured a slew of stars, from Nirvana to Metallica, Queen, Led Zeppelin, RUSH, AC/DC and The Police

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